What Recession? High Times for Michigan Medical-Pot Farmers

By Allison Bond | May 11, 2010 11:58 am

leafDetroit’s economy might be seriously suffering, but for one industry, business is booming: Medical marijuana. Since Michigan enacted a law legalizing medicinal marijuana last April, the crop has generated “tens of millions of dollars collectively,” according to a statement from Med Grow Cannabis College, located just outside of Detroit:

“”With a vast majority of the community in Metro Detroit supporting safe medical marijuana use, many people are looking into the industry as a viable career path,” said [president and founder of Med Grow] Nick Tennant.”

The school opened in September and has since had more than a thousand graduates. The demand for doctor-advised, medical use of marijuana seems to be growing like a weed, so to speak. And according to Med Grow, the canna-business is an open field with plenty of room for those left unemployed in the state’s infamously bad economy:

“With an unemployment rate of over 15%, why not become educated for a career in what could perhaps be Michigan’s last true growth industry (no-pun [sic] intended)?  For an unemployed Detroit resident, the aforementioned may be his or her last glimpse of hope.”

Can Detroit save itself? Looks like it might take a joint effort with a helpful plant.

Image: flickr / cannabicas

  • michelle

    with it thriving still no dispenseraries in my area northern mi its sad

  • andy


    It’s a drive, but there are three in the Lansing region.

    See http://www.lansingcitypulse.com for more information.


  • http://greenpassion.org Storm Crow

    Ever wonder WHY medical cannabis is so popular? The answer is simple! IT WORKS! I collect MMJ studies from PubMed and medical journals, and news articles about them, for my “Granny Storm Crow’s MMJ Reference List” (run a search for it). Here are some of the titles I have- “THC inhibits primary marker of Alzheimer’s disease”, “Marijuana Kills Brain Cancer Cells”,”Chemicals in Marijuana May Fight MRSA” and “Cannabis May Halt Progression Of Multiple Sclerosis”. Those are all news articles about studies, but I have the actual studies, too. Are you curious enough to take a look? I hope so!

    For over 70 years, we have been lied to about cannabis- starting in 1937 when congress was told that the AMA supported cannabis prohibition. Cannabis was a widely prescribed medicine back then. The AMA was totally against it being banned. It is time that the scientific and medical facts about cannabis become common knowledge again. Read the studies. Educate yourself!

  • Brian Too

    Just a couple of weeks ago I heard news story about medical marijuana. The stuff is legal in Canada, by prescription only, and the drug sources are protected. The strange part (trust me) was that many of the patients with the prescriptions were still going to illegal sources because they insisted that the street pot was more effective, and more variable, than the official supply the government sanctions.

  • DougieB

    There’s too much graff money in prosecution, fines, probation, forfeiture, etc. for the law enforcement community to give in so easily.

    The state of CALIFORNIA is leading the way at thumbing their noses at the old
    and antiquated laws.

    In 1974 I got some pot the (US) federal government was growing just outside Lexington, KY in a facility with 20 ft. high fences. The best I ever had with
    the exception of Viet Nam.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/k2incense K2 Herb

    Seriously that is awesome. Thanks for this man!

  • http://www.MarijuanaMillionaire.com James Kushfella

    The Future of Medical Marijuana is here: Read all about it in Marijuana Millionaire: The ebook, entailing the many different ways to make $1 Million Dollars a year in the Medical Marijuana Industry>!+++

  • Joe

    Can someone tell me how I can become a farmer in the state of Michigan


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